Eclectic Root & Rummage
Being one of the best shopping cities on the planet, Tokyo has a niche market for just about everything money can buy – whether it’s high fashion or vintage shopping, comic books or even cosplay outfits. It makes sense then that even the category of ‘bric-a-brac’ holds it’s own in Tokyo… and the name on local lips, even after 30+ years as a fixture on the Harajuku scene, is that of Bunkaya Zakkaten. And fresh from a high-profile collaboration with Paul Smith (a shop regular) hosted in London this autumn, Bunkaya is enjoying another wave of success.
Its name translating loosely into ‘pot luck shop’ in Japanese, the store contains exactly what it says on the tin: a collection of eclectic, unconventional objects from clocks and crockery to teapots and toys. Some of it is handmade, like the items produced from the collaboration with Paul Smith, but much of the selection is comprised of high-quality wares sourced from around the region – there’s Mao propaganda imported from China, posters from Southeast Asia, printed ceramic teapots, vintage wall-mounted coat hangers, and a huge variety of clothing from suspenders and bandanas to bags and shoes. As even Mr. Smith would agree, BZ is well worth a root and rummage!